In sixteenth-century England many loyal subjects to the crown were asked to make a terrible choice: to serve their monarch or their God. It was an age of terror, of summary imprisonment, torture and brutal executions by a police state fearful of threats from abroad and Catholic plotters at home. It was also the era of the greatest creative genius the world has ever known: William Shakespeare. How was it possible that such a remarkable man born into such violently volatile times should apparently make no comment about the state of England in his work? He did. But it was hidden.
Clare Asquith has discovered that William Shakespeare was the master of a common code used covertly by dissident writers in the sixteenth century to discuss the tribulations of their time. Constantly attacking a regime that he believed had seized illegal control of his country, Shakespeare's plays, seen from this new perspective, offer a revelatory insight into the politics and personalities of his era. Shadowplay is a compelling combination of literary detective story and political revelation....Continua